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My insider appears to have left the planet Doc , I've been trying to contact him. Will post up some details when I get them If you like. Dont hold your breath with ARTs website , these things take time :grin:
Usher Dancer Mini One Diamond DMD Floorstanders
Usher Be 718;Usher X718; Usher S520 : Bookshelfs
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Ooh, I first read that your insides had left the planet... Now that would have been a lot worse!
Thats common knowledge Doc
The chappy that mentioned Usher speakers may indeed have a point.
Apart from the usual suspects you have already listed I would not spend your sort of money without trying to audition some of the American speakers (if you can find a pair then the Acoustic Zen's in my signature would be ideal) or even some of the German Audio Physic speakers, or again one of the the smaller Martin Logan panels might be ideal.
I should point out that I tend to match speakers to the room rather than an amp.
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+1 for trying panels, but Martin Logans are no good match. Several reports of Devialets shutting down when driving MLs; the Dev doesn't like the <1 Ohm load in their high freq range. That would make for a good reason to match speakers to the amp (and to the room too, of course)
Another good American speaker to try would be Mark&Daniels.
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It is news to me that there is any problem with Devialet and ML panels but I bow to DocG's greater knowledge in this respect.
Why not go all out and get the Harbeth M40.1
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Since you already like the Harbeth sound, then perhaps try the new Monitor 30.1s?
Alternatively, maybe the Spendor SP1/2R2 which is roughly the same size (and price I think).
If you'd like to try an American speaker, I'd recommend the Joseph Audio Pulsar.
Oh, I just read that in Stereophile (http://www.stereophile.com/content/devialet-d-premier-da-integrated-amplifier, 4th comment and reply by JA).
You'll probably have deduced from the infrequency and odd hours of my posts that I'm in an unusual place -- Wyoming, to be precise, where the landscapes are awesome but the internet connections sporadic.
Thanks to all for your inventive and imaginative suggestions. I knew I could rely on you. Art, Devore and GamuT in particular deserve consideration.
I'm sorry not to be able to respond to each of your posts individually (see Wyoming above). So please don't feel left out if I've ignored you or picked on if I haven't.
Harbeth -- some have suggested the M30.1s. I heard these with the Dev 170 in direct comparison with the Super HL5s and Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor Ms. Compared to the HL5s they seemed to lack sweetness at the top end. I like the HL5s a lot, but even they seemed to me a little disjointed compared to the SFs.
Electrostatics -- If I had a big enough room, I'd seriously entertain some Quads, but as it is my room lacks width, so 700mm-wide panels would be a problem. I'm trying to persuade Mrs 49 that we should move house, but that's a long game ....
LindsayT -- I was thinking of doing one or two speaker bake-offs in the next month or two. If I get around to it, I'll send out a call. I'm in west London.
Many thanks for all your help so far. Pls keep the suggestions coming.
What classical music are you listening to?
Yet another possibility if you can find a pair might be the ATC SCM50SL this combo recently appeared n the letters page of the UK mag 'HiFi Choice' September edition.
Not a combo I would have considered but the owner of it praises it highly.
JM Renaud might be a possibility, but I'm not sore they can be found in the UK...which is a pity.....but you seem to travel a bit.
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